The neighbourhood of Guildwood which is often called "Guildwood Village" is Toronto's one of the most beautiful and exclusive neighbourhoods. Guildwood is located along the Scarborough Bluffs in the South, and Kingston Road in the North; from the end of Sylvan Avenue in the West, to Grey Abbey Trail in the East.
The Guildwood neighbourhood development started in 1957 with the famous "Avenue of Homes" display of upscale homes. The developers introduced several new ideas in subdivision design, including underground power and phone lines and winding roads and cul-de-sacs to reduce the through traffic. The former gates of Toronto's Stanley Barracks or New Fort York had been salvaged and re-erected at the entryway to the Guildwood Village. This unique and grand entrace to the community at the corner of Kingston Road and Guildwood Parkway has come to be known as the "Guildwood Gates".
The Guildwood Village neighbourhood was developed around the historic Guild Inn, which is a major landmark in the area and is located at 201 Guildwood Parkway. It is major tourist attractions in the Scarborough area, and was a former arts centre and hotel inside Guildwood Park. Tourists and local residents come to the Guild Inn to enjoy its historic architectural walking tour and rustic woodland nature trails. The Guild is operated by the City of Toronto and was closed in 2001. However, the city has recently approved a plan by Centennial College to build a hotel, restaurant, and conference centre on the site. Another major attraction in the area is Guildwood Park which showcases columns, a sundial and many other historical architectural fragments from the facades of demolished buildings in Downtown Toronto.
As for schools, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute is the high school for the Guildwood area - located just West of the Guild Inn. Some of the other schools in the area are: Jack Miner Sr. (at 405 Guildwood Parkway), Poplar Rd. Jr. (at 66 Dearham Wood) and Guildwood (at 225 Livingston Rd).
Guildwood has an active community association that produces its own newsletter as well as sponsoring various neighbourhood events. One of these events is Guildwood Day, which is held in June and features a pancake breakfast, games, races, crafts, a parade along Guildwood Parkway and an evening barbeque.
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